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Spring 2015-2016
* AST 401 / PHY 401   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit


Neta A. Bahcall

A general review of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Topics include the properties and nature of galaxies, clusters of galaxies, superclusters, the large-scale structure of the universe, evidence for the existence of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, the expanding universe, the early universe, and the formation and evolution of structure.

Sample reading list:
Ryden, Barbara, Intro to Cosmology
Coles, Peter and Lucchin, Francesco, Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structure
Longair, Malcolm, Galaxy Formation

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 50 pages of reading per week, plus several problem-sets for the term. Quantitative problems and qualitative short answer questions will make up the midterm and final exams.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 40%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAT 201 and MAT 202 and PHY 207 or 205 (and PHY 208 (recommended).

Other information:
This course is recommended to Physics and other science majors with an interest in astronomy and cosmology.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41594 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Peyton Hall   145   Enrolled:29 Limit: